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Waves Vibrations and Oscillations

Why do waves break when they get near the shore?

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September 13, 2011 2:05PM

The waves start off tall, when the water gets shallow like it is near the shore the waves fall and break.

waves breakdown because the floor becomes to shallow for the waves so the bottom of the wave hits the shallow floor and slows it down but the top part of the wave continues and falls because the bottom part is behind it.